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July 27, 2016 - 9:12am
23 hours 16 min ago

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Former Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta will be stripped of his doctorate after a council upheld a verdict that he plagiarized his thesis.

The National Council for Attesting Titles, Diplomas and University Certificates voted 37-10 Wednesday to uphold an earlier ruling. The education minister will formally remove the doctorate.

Science magazine Nature reported in 2012 that more than half of Ponta's 432-page thesis,...

July 27, 2016 - 8:58am
23 hours 16 min ago

LONDON (AP) — British police have released likenesses of two men suspected of trying to abduct a serviceman near a Royal Air Force base in eastern England.

Norfolk Constabulary created the computer-generated composite images based on descriptions by the airman. They say both suspects are between 20 and 30 and of Middle Eastern appearance. One is bearded.

Police say two men, one carrying a knife, approached the serviceman while he was jogging near RAF...

July 27, 2016 - 8:44am
23 hours 16 min ago

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — America's top diplomat has shared a working lunch with the new Philippine president, who has criticized U.S. security policies and publicly made friendly overtures to China.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella says President Rodrigo Duterte and Secretary of State John Kerry discussed a range of issues Wednesday, including the South China Sea disputes, climate change and personal interests like motorcycles and hunting.

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July 27, 2016 - 8:41am
23 hours 26 min ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands of Russian Orthodox Christian pilgrims have reached the center of Ukraine's capital to finish their procession to the city's most revered monastery after their march was disrupted on Tuesday.

The procession by Ukrainian adherents of Russian Orthodoxy was prevented from entering the city on Tuesday after Ukraine's interior minister said grenades had been planted along the route. The believers completed their journey in buses Wednesday....

July 27, 2016 - 8:27am
7 hours 36 min ago

KRAKOW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' trip to Poland for World Youth Day events (all times local):

10:45 p.m.

The head of Poland's Episcopate says that Pope Francis invoked empathy for migrants and the Gospels in his closed-door meeting with Poland's bishops.

The meeting was held Wednesday, at the start of Francis' visit to Krakow, in southern Poland, where he is joining hundreds of thousands of young people from...

July 27, 2016 - 8:14am
1 day 46 min ago

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive has refrained from calling for heavy fines against Spain and Portugal over budgetary breaches and sought instead to set "new fiscal paths" for the two countries.

The EU Commission could have called on member states to sanction the two nations — which would have been a first — for overspending on their budgets over the past years. Instead, it said there were attenuating circumstances. Fines could have gone as high as 0.2...

July 27, 2016 - 8:04am
22 hours 6 min ago

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief on Wednesday urged the Indonesian government to abandon plans to execute more than a dozen people for drug offenses.

High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said the U.N. Human Rights Office is "deeply concerned" by death penalty cases that lack transparency and compliance with the right to receive a fair trial, including the right to an appeal.

He called on the government of...

July 27, 2016 - 7:58am
18 hours 56 min ago

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on a series of attacks in Germany (all times local):

8:15 p.m.

Hussein Daitzik, 17, one of the nine victims of a July 22 shooting in Munich, has been buried in his family's native village near the Greek city of Komotini.

His parents and two siblings - they and Hussein were triplets - attended alongside his 72-year-old grandmother, who lives in the village. It appeared that the whole village, both...

July 27, 2016 - 7:41am
1 day 46 min ago

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco's Interior Ministry says it has arrested 52 people suspected of being part of a cell linked to the Islamic State group.

A ministry statement on Wednesday said the arrests were made July 19, and represented the largest group detained among numerous suspected cells dismantled in recent years.

The statement says suspects were from throughout the country and were planning attacks on various sites inside and outside Morocco,...

July 27, 2016 - 7:41am
1 day 46 min ago

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive has again chided the Polish government over its treatment of the country's top constitutional court, and is giving Warsaw three months to fix a series of perceived flaws or face sanctions.

EU Commissioner Frans Timmermans gave the Polish authorities recommendations to change the law on its Constitutional Tribunal to make sure that all citizens get essential democratic rights of protection.

Timmermans...

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